READ Psalm 1
1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.
4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
Read the psalm portion twice slowly. Then ask three questions and write out your answers:
Adore—What did you learn about God for which you could praise or thank him?
🔹I praise the Lord for his law, for his instructions, his commands, precepts and promises. His love does not leave us on our own to do life.
Admit—What did you learn about yourself for which you could repent?
🔹I confess that at times I stand in the way of sinners, I trust in my idols rather then my Lord. Holy Spirit turn me away from anything that draws me away from following Jesus and turn me back to my Savior, my Creator.
Aspire—What did you learn about life that you could aspire to, ask for, and act on?
🔹I ask the Lord to watch over me, I ask of the Lord to make whatever I do prosper. I ask the Lord to literally cause me to meditate on his word day and night.
Once you have answered these three questions, you have your own meditation on the psalm. Now read the meditation in the book and incorporate its insights into your journal notes. Finally, turn your meditation—already categorized as adoration, confession, and aspiration—into personal prayer, using the provided “on-ramp” prayer as well. This will take you into the deep level of wisdom and insight the psalms can provide.
Excerpt From: Timothy Keller & Kathy Keller. “The Songs of Jesus.“
THE NOURISHING WORD. Psalm 1 is the gateway to the rest of the psalms. The “law” is all Scripture, to “meditate” is to think out its implications for all life, and to “delight” in it means not merely to comply but to love what God commands. Christians have their attitude toward God changed from one of duty to free, loving self-giving because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. So to know how to meditate on and delight in the Bible is the secret to a relationship with God and to life itself. Views contrary to God’s Word are no anchor in time of need. God’s Word gives us the resilience of a tree with a source of living water that will never dry up.
Prayer: Lord of the Word, don’t let me be seduced by the world—either naively going with the crowd or becoming a hardened cynic. Help me meditate on your Word to the point of delight. Give me stability and contentment regardless of the circumstances. How I need that! … 🔸let me fill my days absorbing and sharing your word, may I share it both in the things I do,and the things I say. Keep me from evil, let me experience your grace and your mercies. Bless me that I might be used of you to bless others. To your glory, in Jesus name, Amen.